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Racing Short Course vs Long Course There are different racing strategies in Long Course (50 meter pool) versus Short Course (25 yard/meter pool). Short Course racing is more about explosive speed, while Long Course is about sustaining speed. This doesn’t mean explosiveness is not found in Long Couse, it is just not relied upon as much. Let’s go over the obvious, 50 meters is longer that 25 yards, and a longer pool means less turns for each event. Turns are rest and allow the swimmer to recover and set up...

Swimmers You Should Know – Vladimir Salnikov There are those milestones in sport that seem unbeatable or unattainable. For a long time in track it was the 4 minute mile and the 10 second 100. For gymnasts the perfect 10, figure skaters a perfect 6. They are the ghosts that push us in training, the seemingly unattainable mark that most will say is impossible and a few have the guts to chase down. For swimmers it was the mile and the 15 minute barrier. Even though we expect swimmers to...

HEALTH: SLEEP Sleep plays a huge role in a swimmer’s life. Sleep is when we heal, grow and recover from the practices/competitions and daily grind. The National Sleep Foundation recommends for the average person (18-64 years old) to get 7-9 hours of sleep per night. But as you know, swimmers are not the average person. With early-morning practices and up late doing homework, they do not always have the easiest schedules. The time demands of school, friends, and family can unfortunately lead to deviations in the necessary hours of sleep...

Congratulations CIA swimmers on wrapping up a very successful Fall season. The team finished 24th at the Western JR National Championships in Austin, TX and was the top ranked team out of Iowa. This past weekend CIA went on to win the Snow Globe meet, with the second pace team over 500 point behind us despite that team having 3 times as many swimmers as CIA. So what’s next? Yes, it was a successful Fall, but it’s never perfect. We have state meets and sectionals in just a few months...

PRESS RELEASE Date: 12/3/2018 .......... After an extensive national search, Central Iowa Aquatics (CIA) hired Andy Pym from Seattle, Washington as the club’s new head coach in September. Pym is an ASCA Level 5 coach and has over 28 years of experience successfully coaching swimmers of all ages. He has coached a number of Summer Junior National Champions, multiple Olympic Trials qualifiers, Senior Sectional Champions, and National Junior team members. He has been selected as a National Junior team coach and has received multiple LSC coaching awards and distinctions. Upon...

How David Berkoff Changed Swimming David Berkoff is an American swimmer who was born in 1966 and went on to medal for the US at the 1988 Seoul Olympics (Gold in Relays and Silver in 100 Back) and the 1992 Barcelona Olympics (Gold in Relays and Bronze in 100 Back). He also held the world record in the 100m Backstroke from 1988-1991, and he was added as a member into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 2005. While these accomplishments aren't anything to scoff at, they don't put him...

Coaches Section by Kate Davey “Team” Thank you for attending the CIA Intrasquad September 22!! What a fun time and a wonderful opportunity for new swimmers to “try out” a meet experience, in addition to providing all the swimmers an opportunity to race each other. The Blue team officially came away the victors, but really we all win in the end! Recently, the senior/high performance group and the coaches have been talking about what it means to be a team and the characteristics that go into a successful team. A...

Coaches Section by Kate Davey Dear CIA Family- Swimming is a sport that families typically invest a good portion of time and money. Like every business, CIA must make great business decisions. CIA is special, because it is literally run BY the families and FOR the families of CIA- FOR EVERY FAMILY. Looking at the Urban Dictionary of the definition of family- A group of people…who genuinely love, trust, care about, and look out for each other. REAL family is a bond that cannot be broken by any means. When...

Moving into taper time!! We are getting close to another championship season. The hard work has been put in, hours of chasing a black line accomplished, technical improvements have been made and now it is time to see hard work pay off! Taper, for those of you who have never heard of it, is a super-compensation time where we basically do less work in workout to let our body recover and become rested. The kids will seem to have more and more energy as we do less and less work...

Coaches Section by Kate Davey Hello! I am thrilled to begin my new journey with CIA as Associate Head Coach- Lead Age Group Coach! Most of the families on CIA know me from the deck or in a fellow parenting role. For those who do not know me, I have been around a pool for the vast majority of my life. I began coaching in my mid teenage years when I started my own little learn to swim school (I think I had a total of 10 clients that first...